Sadananda Gowda assures 3-language policy to continue amid Hindi row

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2019

Further, India was an "excellent feast" and that such imposition would lead to "nausea", he said. "The unity in diversity is what makes India proud in the world", he said. "When India became a Constitutional republic in 1950, the Government promised the same to the people and no Shah or Sultan or Samrat can attempt to change it".

"We are not against Hindi but certainly against its imposition on our people, majority of whose mother tongue is Kannada, followed by Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi across the state", Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters at Mysuru on Sunday.

Protesting against Union Home Minister Amit Shah's call on Saturday to have Hindi as the common or national language, the opposition Congress and the regional Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders and cadres staged demonstrations during the weekend in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi and Kalaburagi for attempting to impose Hindi at the cost of the state language Kannada. "The battle for our language will be exponentially bigger than that", Haasan said in a video message. "India or Tamilian does not need or deserve such a battle".

"India is an excellent feast".

On Monday, as ferment continued in Tamil Nadu over the Hindi imposition issue, Haasan released a video in both Tamil and English.

"Most of the nation happily sings its National Anthem in Bengali with pride, and will continue to do so".

"The reason is the poet (Rabindranath Tagore) who wrote the National Anthem gave due respect to all languages and culture within the Anthem", he said. But it is absolutely necessary to have one language for the country, which becomes India's identity globally. A few days after Amit Shah spoke about the need to have Hindi as a unifier in the country, there have been fierce protests from several leaders from southern states.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday said that all the official languages in the country had equal status and asserted that Kannada was the "principal language" in his state.

"India has many languages and every language has its importance".

"The claim that Hindi can unite the country is absurd", Vijayan said.

DMK president M.K. Stalin accused the Centre of "autocratic imposition of Hindi", calling for unity among Opposition parties on the issue.

Speaking at a public meeting organised by ally MDMK on the 111th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai in Chennai, Mr Stalin said, "If we close our eyes for a second, they will impose Hindi and completely discard Tamil".

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